U.S. Image-Polishing On Immigration?
The Dream 9 Are Out, But 30,000 Are Still Prisoners Subject To Torture
By William Boardman -- Reader Supported News
With 40 Protesters Arrested in DC, Washington Acts To Cool The Heat
The scene in a Tucson, Arizona, parking lot in the late afternoon of August 7 looked something like the aftermath of a local graduation ceremony, with small groups of people clustered around smiling young people in caps and gowns. But these nine "graduates" were smiling in part because they had just left the nearby Eloy prison, where six of them had suffered the torture technique of solitary confinement for the offense of going on a hunger strike to get phone contact with the outside world.
These are the nine young people known as the Dream 9, who have lived much or most of their lives in the United States and threaten to pout a human face on the cruel and unjust activities known generally as I.S. immigration policy. On August 1, police arrested more than 40 peaceful demonstrators for taking part on an immigration sit-in on Capitol Hill. What if civil disobedience connects with the moral rot of American policy?
On any given day, the United States holds more than 30,000 people in immigration prisons, with more than 300 of them in solitary confinement. It is a system in which the use of torture techniques is unquestioned, and is outsourced by the government to private contractors like the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) which runs the Eloy prison, which has a horrific reputation for conditions and a history of detainee deaths, including two suicides in March this year. [CCA has not responded to inquiries.]
HEADLINE: "Dream 9 released from custody after 17 days in detainment"